arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap at All Pints North, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, some slight pine notes with a hint of citrusy hop as well, some coffee comes through with a touch of anise. Taste was a mix of anise, dark chocolate, dark fruit into a slight pine, hints of caramel, touch of roasted malts, finishing slightly roasted. gyllenbock (9713) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
Sample at CBC 2015.
Black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, light licorice, chocolate, coffee and some citrus. Medium bitter and with a medium body.
bytemesis (9015) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle, thanks to Jimmy. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, great lacing. Aroma is dusty, ashy, pine, roasty. Flavor is dry, medium bitter, roasty, ashy. Medium body. Not great. jackl (8301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Keg @ Surly. Deep brown with a small head. Loads of sweet cocoa and toffee. Some charred grain, earth. Roasted nuts. Flavor is a bit drier. More pepper. Charred grains, toast. Dark cocoa and burnt brown sugar. Medium body, a bit oily. VastActiv (7492) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150502. Colour is black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some hops and roasted malts.
Iphonephan (7201) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Nutty nose. Flavors of cocolate , leather and citrus. Bitter finish. One of the best black IPAs that I have had. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Another Surly rate. Top #2 Rater still going strong (Despite not living in Minny and only being there once). Pours a lively dark blackish pour, with some lighter brownish edges, dies to a frothy offwhite head, some light lacing. Darker but not opaque. Aromas are a decent touch of piney hops, some gentle deadened grapefruit, some roast and toast, just a gentle touch of sweetness but dry overall. As it warms, the aroma grows a bit more. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering prickly dry hops up front. Grapefruit, some pine, and earth mix with decent roast, some toast. Some gentle cocoa comes in with that gentle hoppy yet malty "Darkness Jr" essence. Envelopes the palate well, offering healthy balance with an ode to the dry and hoppy, touches of roast, cocoa, smoothed out malts. Finish is dry, pine and grapefruit lingering. Nice, better than this year’s Darkness in my opinion. wlajwl (7013) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Aroma is pine, dark malts and uniquely perfumed. The flavor is earthy/dark malts, grapefruit, citrus and a mix of dryish and bitter/tart in the finish. kaser (6367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Black draft pour from tap at Northdown Tap. Tan head. Creamy milky and cocoa. Light. Really good. Pyrmir (6201) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
On tap at CBC15. Brown with off white head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, toffee, light nuts and light burnt notes. Taste is fairly dry, chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, cocoa, pine and dark sugar.